Knoxville, Tenn. — Students, faculty and alumni of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law assisted active military and veterans by answering questions and preparing wills on Saturday, Oct. 22, during its inaugural Wills for Warriors event.
Estate planning can be an uncomfortable and expensive process. However, without a will in place, the state will determine who will receive assets, who will become guardian for minor children and how and by whom an estate will be settled. The LMU Law event provided veterans and service members an opportunity to draft, sign and notarize a Last Will and Testament, free of charge.
LMU Law’s Veterans Law Society sponsored the event and was assisted by Knox County Veteran Service Officer Tom Humphries, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Vet2Vet Greater Smoky Mountains and Steve Parella of the Vet Clinic, all of whom helped to get the word out. VLS officers Jacob Ankrom, Tony Hill, Shane Pertain and Michael Caldwell, all second-year law students, organized the event and recruited faculty members Bruce Beverly and Akram Faizer and six LMU Law alumni to provide pro bono legal services. A total of 26 LMU Law students participated in the event, which was the first of its kind at LMU Law.
During the event, veterans and service members completed a questionnaire with first-year law students and were matched, based on the results, with upper-level law students and faculty to complete their will forms and filing. Twenty wills were completed and three additional consultations were held during the event.
While this was the first Wills for Warriors event at LMU Law, the Veterans Law Society assisted Vet2Vet of the Greater Smoky Mountains in filing for its Tennessee Domestic Non-Profit Corporation status in June. The student organization plans to hold other events to benefit veterans later this year.